Persistence Pays - Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Aviva Community Fund

Persistence Pays - Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Aviva Community Fund 
Aviva Canada to fund 30 community improvement projects, including 11 grand 
prize winners 
TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - "Giving up was never an option," said Helen 
Meinzinger, idea generator for Kaiden's Care Kits for Cystic Fibrosis out of 
Russell, Ontario. "We learned from our experience and continued to build on 
the momentum created from our first year in the Aviva Community Fund." After 
making the finals of the Aviva Community Fund but not winning funding in 2011, 
the Kaiden's Care Kits team is thrilled to be one of the 11 grand prize 
winners of the 2012 Aviva Community Fund competition. Another of this year's 
winners, The Children's First Playground from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, 
was also a previous entrant in the Aviva Community Fund. 
Aviva Canada, one of the country's leading providers of home, automobile, 
recreational vehicle, group and business insurance, is pleased to announce the 
11 grand prize winners of the 2012 Aviva Community Fund as selected by both a 
panel of independent judges and the millions of votes cast by Canadians. 
A total of $1,000,000 will be shared among projects such as a youth addiction 
and support program in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia; a secondary school science and 
nutrition program in Vancouver, BC; animal rescue programs in Spruce Grove, 
Alberta and Sprucedale, Ontario; and a new splash pad in Canora, Saskatchewan. 
New to the competition this year is $5,000 in funding donated to the charity 
of choice selected by each finalist not receiving full funding. "We understand 
the hard work that goes into participating in the competition. That's why this 
year all 30 finalists will receive some funding for their project or a charity 
that they designate doing similar work," said Maurice Tulloch, President and 
CEO of Aviva Canada. "We also encourage all entries not receiving full funding 
to build on the momentum gained during the competition to continue towards 
their goals." 
Launched in September 2009, the Aviva Community Fund encourages Canadians to 
share ideas and vote online at for causes that are 
meaningful to their communities. After several rounds of voting to identify 
Canada's favourite ideas, a panel of independent judges is tasked with 
reviewing the causes and selecting the winners. 
Within the $1,000,000 in funding are prizes for initiatives within two 
specific categories; 1) groups supporting at-risk youth, 2) ideas supported by 
an insurance broker. Both of these specific prize winners are noted in the 
list below. "Our independent broker partners are a critical component of the 
competition and we'd like to thank them for their continued support of 
community improvement," Tulloch continued. 
Aviva Canada congratulates the grand prize winners of the 2012 Aviva Community 
The Children's First Playground: Where Arctic Kids can play - Inuvik, 
Northwest Territories 
Parents in Inuvik, NWT have come together to provide local children with a 
high-quality pre-school in a purpose-built childcare space. However, the 
critical space is missing a key component - a playground. Funding from the 
Aviva Community Fund will enable the community to create a playground space 
that aids in building imaginations, social, cognitive and physical skills for 
area children. 
Gladstone Greenhouse for Science and Foods Program - Vancouver, British 
Vancouver's Gladstone Secondary School is in one of the most ethnically 
diverse neighborhoods in Canada, with students from very mixed socioeconomic 
and family backgrounds including many at risk youth. The school has started a 
garden and uses the produce to help sustain their lunch program. The garden is 
also an educational component of the schools' curriculum at which many 
students volunteer. Aviva Community Fund support will be used for a greenhouse 
at the school to expand this program. 
Rescue for Life - Spay/Neuter Initiatives - Spruce Grove, Alberta. 
Rescue for Life is a companion animal, no-kill, rescue group operated out of 
Spruce Grove, Alberta. The organization adopts animals from all over Western 
Canada, focusing on First Nations regions. Funding from Aviva will go towards 
a spay and neuter program to help control animal populations. 
*Broker Grand Prize Winner
Chase Kraynick "Pay it Forward" Splash Pad - Canora, Saskatchewan 
The small rural farm community of Canora, Saskatchewan will be building a 
Splash Pad in memory of local boy Chase Kraynick who was lost to a tragic 
farming accident in 2011. Support from the Aviva Community Fund, combined with 
the donation of the land and local community support, will enable local 
families and friends to engage in healthy, barrier free fun in a new 3,400 
square foot concrete pad with 18 splash components themed to reflect all the 
things Chase loved. The pad is also dedicated as a reminder of the tremendous 
difference random acts of kindness and generosity towards a complete stranger 
can make. 
Riehl Skate Park - Pelham, Ontario. 
Spearheaded by the students of E.L. Crossley Secondary School, the Riehl Skate 
Park will provide community youth a safe environment where they can gather and 
stay active. The park is to be named after student Isaac Riehl, who was struck 
by a car and killed while riding his skateboard. The school principal, mayor 
and town council have all committed their support to the project, including 
providing the land, ongoing maintenance costs and matching the Aviva Community 
Fund contribution to the project. 
Promoting Human Bear Coexistence - Education & Action - Sprucedale, Ontario. 
The Bear With Us Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre has been caring for and 
returning injured or orphaned bears to the wild for over 20 years. Funding 
from the Aviva Community Fund will be used to construct a new enclosure to 
contain adult wild bears that have been injured and to treat them before they 
are returned to the wild. Additional funding will be used for outreach and 
educational programs in schools and throughout the communities of Parry Sound 
and Muskoka to raise awareness about Human Bear Coexistence. 
Please Fill our Pool! A Swimming Pool for Smiths Falls - Smiths Falls, 
For the citizens of Smiths Falls and the thousands of rural families living 
close-by, there is no facility where they can learn to swim. The government 
facility housing a pool closed, leaving the pool to rust and sit empty. 
Support from the Aviva Community Fund will go towards re-opening the pool in 
this economically devastated area. A local non-profit organization will 
facilitate the repair, opening and management of the indoor pool. 
Kaiden's Care Kits for Cystic Fibrosis - Russell, Ontario. 
On average, every week in Canada two children are born with, and one person 
dies from cystic fibrosis. In partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, 
Kaiden's Care Kits provide much needed medical supplies, support and 
information to Canadian families of newborns diagnosed with this fatal genetic 
disease that attacks the respiratory and digestive systems. The funding 
provides for development and delivery of 100 kits to be issued over a one-year 
period to clinics and families across Canada. The kit contains 24 essential 
items, including medical, support and education materials. 
Une vraie cour d'ecole pour ados! - Bois-des-Filion, Quebec. 
Rive-Nord High School is home to over 1,100 students who come from different 
suburban neighbourhoods north of Montreal, an area with a growing population 
of more than 200,000. Long without an engaging outdoor area, support from the 
Aviva Community Fund will enable the school to create a healthy outdoor space 
with park benches, picnic tables, an equipped soccer field, and stimulating 
meeting places including an amphitheatre and grass to offer students a quality 
social and educational environment. 
Fighting for Healthy, Affordable Food in North End Halifax - Halifax, Nova 
North End Halifax is a diverse community of immigrants, refugees, emergency 
shelters, transitional housing, drop-in centres and a growing group of middle 
income condo dwellers. It has no grocery stores and it is a challenge for 
residents to feed their families healthy food. Support from the Aviva 
Community Fund will be used to run a new and innovative social grocery 
enterprise providing a clean facility and selling a full range of fresh 
fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, bakery products and groceries that are 
affordable and healthy. 
*At Risk Youth Grand Prize Winner
Undercurrent Youth Centre - Glace Bay, Nova Scotia 
The Undercurrent Youth Centre exists to support area youth dealing with 
addiction and making positive life decisions. Funding from the Aviva Community 
Fund will help the centre build an outdoor basketball and skateboarding area, 
a music room, a games room and a lunch room; install a gym sound system and 
make general improvements to their auditorium. 
$5,000 Winners** 

    --  The Drawing Hope Project - National
    --  Exoskeleton for Trevor Greene, Canadian Veteran - Nanaimo,
        British Columbia
    --  Vera M. Walsh & Community of Lac La Biche Needs A New
        Playground - Lac La Biche, Alberta
    --  Silver Lake Camp "A small camp with a big impact" - Kinloss,
    --  Harder 4 Carter: The Carter Antila Memorial Skate Park -
        Temiskaming Shores, Ontario
    --  Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital - Orillia, Ontario
    --  Excellence for Us! - Toronto, Ontario
    --  ET Crowle P.S. Ready, Set, Read Library Revitalization Project
        - Markham, Ontario
    --  40 Hours and Beyond - Markham/Scarborough, Ontario
    --  Stay Strong Nick Roma - Niagara Falls, Ontario
    --  Reach Out to Street Youth!! Rejoingnez les Jeunes de la Rue!! -
        Montreal, Quebec
    --  Help Build the Animal Rescue Network's Purrfect Shelter -
        Montreal, Quebec
    --  Nouveau Gymnase Pour Notre Club du Gymnastique Les Hirondelle -
        Granby, Quebec
    --  La Robotique Contre la Decrochage Scolaire - Rimouski, Quebec
    --  The Compassion Project - Quispamsis, New Brunswick
    --  Never Enough Room...Help us Help Even More - Moncton, New
    --  A Shelter for HART - Aylesford, Nova Scotia
    --  Hope for Wildlife, Marine Wildlife Rescue Center - Seaforth,
        Nova Scotia
    --  Happy Valley Goose Bay SPCA - Goose Bay, Labrador

**$5,000 will be allocated to each non-grand prize winning finalist for 
contribution to a registered charity of their choosing doing similar work.

About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance groups in 
Canada providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business 
insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of 
UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 3,000 employees, 25 locations 
and 1,700 independent broker partners. Aviva Canada and its employees invest 
in positive change including through the Aviva Community Fund and Eva's 
Initiatives, its partner in Aviva's global Street to School program to help 
homeless and other at-risk youth reach their potential.

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